Cloud-based digital signatures or “cloud signatures,” are a new generation of digital signatures using an open, standards-based approach championed by Adobe and other industry leaders in the Cloud Signature Consortium. “Traditional” digital signatures are designed for use with desktop software and typically require the signer to insert a USB token or smart card containing the certificate, then type in a personal PIN to verify their identity when signing. By contrast, cloud-based digital signatures are designed to be used easily across desktop, web and mobile. Certificates are stored securely in the cloud by accredited Trust Service Providers (TSPs)/Certificate Authorities (CAs) and signers use their personal PIN plus additional authentication methods (for example, a mobile one-time passcode) to verify their identity while signing. Read the brief.